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Police moot better airport security after breach

AFP/DDP/The Local · 21 Jan 2010, 08:32

Published: 21 Jan 2010 08:32 GMT+01:00

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The serious breach of security shows a weakness in the system, head of the GdP national police trade union Josef Scheurig told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“When one is conducting a check, one should also be able to hold the subject,” he told the paper.

And while the exact course of events that led to a massive police operation at the airport on Wednesday afternoon is still under investigation, it was likely coloured by the fact that either the security stations had too few search counters available, or the workers were not well-trained, Scheurig added.

The man who reportedly ran away from a security station after workers suspected traces of explosives on his laptop remains at large after the bomb alarm sent some 1,000 police officers to secure and close parts of Terminal 2, a federal police spokesperson said on Thursday.

Police gave the all-clear signal on Wednesday evening, and one spokesperson said that the passenger that sparked the security alert around 3:30 pm may have just been a businessman in a hurry to catch his flight.

The fourth floor of the terminal, used for flights within Germany and Europe's passport-free Schengen Area, was evacuated and all docked planes were stopped. About 100 flights were delayed or cancelled during the alert.

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Police were unable to comment on the passenger’s nationality.

Meanwhile a spokesman cautioned that the scanner could have been set off by harmless chemicals such as perfumes.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

17:26 January 21, 2010 by mixxim
I think he must have nicked it.....
18:17 January 21, 2010 by Frenemy
Personally, I'd really love it if the writing staff at thelocal.de cracked the binding on an English dictionary/thesaurus (for once) and figured out the appropriate usage of the word "moot"....
19:54 January 21, 2010 by Henckel
@ Frenemy: That's right. They should read J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", where he used "moot" in the old English sense of a meeting; thus his "Entmoot" signifies "Meeting of the Ents".
21:53 January 21, 2010 by Frenemy
@thelocal.de ...just a friendly suggestion: in the title of this article try substituting "moot" with "mull" (I'm confident that you will find that it "flows" much better that way...) ;-)
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